ESSEN, Germany – According to the Grocer in the United Kingdom, Aldi, the global supermarket chain, recently launched a nitrite-free bacon.

The product went on sale April 26 and was part of the Aldi Super Six meat promotion. It features a mix of fruits and spice extracts instead of nitrites.

The Northern Ireland food manufacturer Finnebrogue, came out with a similar product in January called Naked Bacon which contains no nitrites. Instead, salts from chemical or natural sources are added to the product as a preservative and antimicrobial agent and color fixative.

This new Aldi product was manufactured using Finnebrogue’s nitrite-free technology, but used a different recipe from Naked Bacon.